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The Law of Similars Paperback – March 14, 2000
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Alas, another of Carissa Lake's patients isn't quite so lucky. Despite her warning that Richard Emmons not go off his prescription drugs, he does exactly that. In fact, during an asthma attack, he takes the homeopathic law of similars--the belief that "like cures like"--to an entirely new level. This tragedy embroils Carissa in an investigation of her practice and forces Leland into a decision that is to alter not only her life but his:
Upstairs, my daughter slept. And for a long time we sat on the floor before the tree, neither of us saying a word, as I worked out in my mind exactly what I would have needed to prosecute this case if a summer cold had not lasted into the fall, and I had not met Carissa Lake. Once I knew, nothing seemed quite so hopeless, and I began to sketch aloud for her exactly what we would want to create in the morning, and exactly what we would want to destroy.Chris Bohjalian is an artist of the small but seismic instant. As this gripping novel proves, he knows all too well the awful daring of a moment's surrender. --Siobhan Carson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Yes. This is familiar territory for Chris Bohjalian, author of the best-selling "Midwives". And again, he does a great job.
I love the way he structures his books. The reader generally knows what is going to happen, but just doesn't know exactly how. And that is what the fascination is. That is what kept me reading, following the protagonist's thoughts and actions and totally getting into his skin.
The story is told in the first person by Leland Fowler, an 35-year old attorney in the Vermont State prosecutor's office. Just two years before, his wife died in a tragic car accident, leaving him to raise his young daughter, now aged 4. He's grieved for his wife for a long time, and his life lacks much pleasure.
When he develops a sore throat and cold that just doesn't go away he visits the local homeopath, Carissa Lake. There is an immediate attraction. His cold gets cured and a romance develops.
However, when one of Carissa's clients falls into a coma, there are legal and moral issues that come into play. The situation becomes more and more complex as Leland makes some ethnical choices that force him into a trap of his own making.
The title, "The Law of Similars" refers to a basic tenet of homeopathy whereby the patient is treated with an extremely diluted dose of something that has caused his problem, forcing the body to cure itself. For example, a person with poison ivy might take a weakened solution of an herb that is similar to poison ivy.
It is all fascinating reading -- the homeopathy, the legalities, and the ethical questions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bohjalian's people always make a place for themselves in your heart. Maybe it's because most of us can see a little part of ourselves in one, or more, of them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathleen Ennis-Durstine
It intrigued me the idea of homeopathy being at the center of a thriller, and the author certainly carries it off with aplomb.Published 3 months ago by TashaMariaTromer
You want to keep reading and hope it never ends.take this one with you whilst on vacation. Such interesting information about homeopathy.Published 4 months ago by ayesha kuok
I've read four of Bohjalian's books now, and this was the weakest of them. It wasn't terrible, but it certainly wasn't great. .. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Erleichda
Not up to the usual level of his books
Main character acts like a teenager with his first girlfriend
I tired of reading his thoughts about Clarisa
None of the... Read more
I love everything Bohjalian writes....this does not disappoint.Published 12 months ago by Lynne Foerster
Pretty good.....not as good as some of his others....good twist at the end.Published 12 months ago by Suzanne M. Varso
Leland is a state prosecutor in Vermont. He is a widower and has a young daughter, Abby. He develops a chronic cold and seeks out alternative remedies. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Skyqi
This story was too forced. It was as though Bohjalian discovered homeopathy and thought it would make a cool book. . So he came up with this very convoluted story. Read morePublished 16 months ago by BEE